Play ball!

We’re still on for the series finale at Dunn Tire Park this afternoon against Norfolk. It may be a little soggy but since it’s the last time that the Tides visit Buffalo this season they’ll try to get the game completed.

Othere really cool stuff: Today will be the final home game for Jeff Stevens. The reliever will leave the team early next week to start preparations for the Summer Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. Stevens has experience in international league baseball as he threw seven shutout innings for Team USA in the 2007 World Cup. He recorded the save against Cuba in the championship game of that tournament. Stevens talked with me about being an Olympian: CLICK HERE!

Here are today’s News & Notes

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the final game of a four-game series at Dunn Tire Park (1:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a victory today to earn a split of the set with the Tides. Today’s game also concludes an eight-game homestand. The Bisons are 4-3 since the All-Star break with a 3-1 series win over the Richmond Braves. On the mound today for the Herd is RHP Bryan Bullington. The righty allowed just one run in four innings on Sunday in his first start with the Bisons. Norfolk will send out RHP Andy Mitchell.

TODAY’S STARTER: Bryan Bullington
-Last Game: 7/20 vRIC(1): (ND, 4.0IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K), Bisons’ 2-1 Loss.
-2008 w/Bisons: (0-0, 6.43)(2G, 7.0IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 10K).
-2008 w/Indianapolis: (4-6, 5.52)(15GS, 75.0IP, 90H, 54R, 46ER, 25BB, 60K).
-2007 w/Indianapolis: (11-9, 4.00)(26GS, 150.2IP, 146H, 70R, 67ER, 59BB, 89K)
-2007 w/Indianapolis: 1st in starts (26), innings (150.2), wins (11).
-Originally a first overall pick in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
-Claimed off waivers by Cleveland, July 10, 2008.

BULLY FOR HIM: RHP Bryan Bullington was limited to 52 pitches in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader so he could start today on short rest. That was the only thing that stopped him against the Braves as he allowed just one run in four solid innings of work. Bullington has already chalked up 10 strikeouts in his first seven innings as a Bison. The former first overall draft pick in 2002 by Pittsburgh was claimed by the Indians off waivers on July 10.

CLOUD NINE: INF Michael Aubrey’s hit streak is now at nine games, following a 1-4 performance last night. Since July 6, he has hit .405 (15-37) with three doubles, two home runs and 12RBI. The stretch has raised his average 31 points to .296.

BISONS BITS: OF Todd Linden drew two walks last night and has now reached base safely in his last 15 games (.321, 9-28, 7BB)…OF Todd Linden, INF Michael Aubrey and INF Jordan Brown have all reached base in every game since the All-Star break…INF Tony Graffanino has hit .400 (6-15) in his first 6 games with the Bisons.

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